Tips for your next shopping trip ðŸ˜Š

Hello good morning everyone 🙂

This week was a very busy week, however I had interesting interactions with people about shopping for outfits. There are two things which I hear quite often about looking for an outfit or just wanting a change to the wardrobe…. not knowing what one wants to shop for or pieces bought and never worn. I must confess, this rarely happens to me…. and my husband definitely concurs to this. I run down the corridor on tip toes with my bags of purchases…. followed by What did you buy? More clothes and shoes..😂

Not knowing what you want

Are you shopping for a particular occasion or do you need some retail therapy and want some new additions to your wardrobe?

If you are shopping for an event, think about the dress code required. Is it a formal or more casual occasion? Don’t go shopping with a specific outfit in mind, as the likelihood is that you will not find something exactly like that and you won’t consider other options. Be open to different ideas, even when it comes to colours. I love shopping from particular boutiques where the persons managing the shops are not there just to sell items but also to give advice on what best suits the customer. Listen to what they have to say, and experiment with different styles. Sometimes I try on a piece which I would not typically go for, and when I try it on…. it works! Here are some common comments I hear.

Evening events – long dresses are a must…. NO!

Unless the dress code specifically requires it, such as black tie, you do not need to wear long dresses for evening events. You can still be elegant with a knee length dress matched up with sandals or statement shoes. Personally I love jumpsuits, one of my favourites I have, is a tuxedo looking jumpsuit. Simple yet elegant – I wore a faux fur stole to it and then removed it during the evening. Trousers can be very elegant too. You can either wear wide palazzo pants with a corset on top or an elegant frilly shirt or a bow tie shirt paired up with formal pants and heels – so simple yet chic! This does not mean that long evening dresses are not on 😊 Have a look at some of the gowns worn at the night of the Oscars – can’t really say dresses and gowns are out of fashion:) my message is to not limit your options and consider different outfits, even for you to be different.

On the other hand wearing long dresses for a morning do is known to be a no no – I disagree. I have worn elegant summer maxi dresses for morning events. Don’t create set rules in fashion – it actually gives us the freedom to be creative.

Colours

I walk in a shop and the person shopping is telling the shop manager – I don’t want yellow, green, pink is not me, red is too bold…. have you heard yourself say these phrases? 😉 Black is elegant and I have many clothes in black – but I do experiment with colours too and nowadays love wearing clothes in different colours.

Yellow is very in… yes yellow! There are different shades and you have to find the one that suits your complexion – mustard, canary yellow, pastel yellow? If you are not comfortable with a full yellow outfit, mix it with black to tone it down.

Green is another least favourite colour with people. Have you seen the Versace green? Start off with trying a green top with jeans if you are not too comfortable with a full green colour outfit. You’ll slowly get used to seeing yourself in colours.

Red – bold and vibrant. Have you seen the Max Mara street style picture. Red from head to toe! It emits confidence and energy. There are days when I feel I need to boost my morale – I put on a red outfit or my favourite red lipstick (Dior 999) 💋💄👠

When you wear striking colours, you capture attention and you are making a statement with little effort 🙂 Colours are vibrant and put us in a positive mood.

Think of your next shopping outing …. will you dare try different styles and colours to what you normally wear? Let me know what is a definite no no for you and why….let’s try changing it!

Wishing you a lovely week….. 🤗

Yan

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